There are many luxury car buyers who do not want a diesel but nor do they want a big V6 petrol instead a four-cylinder turbo-petrol petrol hits the sweet spot which is what we have today in form of the Audi A6 2.0 TFSI. Sure we all love big beefy V6's but with new tech on offer a luxury sedan with a 2.0 petrol is indeed fun to drive.
Let us start with the numbers and the A6 2.0 TFSI has 180 bhp and 320 Nm of torque which means it has enough poke with a 0-100 km/h time of 9 seconds. The CVT autobox dubbed as Multitronic in Audi speak is fast and responsive especially when you use the manual mode via paddles. In regular auto mode it is smooth and for a turbo it is revvy while offering instant response. When given the full beans it is quick and cruises effortlessly at high speeds so much so that you do not yearn for more power.
Dial it down and in the city the A6 plays the role of a luxury car brilliantly with excellent refinement and a good ride. The A6 has air suspension with controlled damping which plays a major part and also for our roads the height adjustability is a plus point for sure.
We all think of Quattro when we picture Audi in our heads but despite this variant not having that the A6 2.0 TFSI has good good grip with only a trace of understeer. Through the drive select system putting it in Dynamic mode reveals the sportier side of the car plus the A6 is lighter than its rivals which means for a luxury sedan it is pretty agile. In this mode the whole car is in its sportiest set-up and here the steering gets better though we would say it is still a bit light and needs more feedback.
Moving to the other bits and the A6 still looks the business even more so with those stunning optional LED headlights. Muscular and aggressive looking the A6 looks lower and meaner when compared to its rivals. In this colour it looks sporty and is much more interesting than the usual white and silver A6's we see. At 4.92 meters long and having a 2.91 meter wheelbase the A6 has enough space for you to lounge at the back- which is where most owners will be.
The rear seat offers lots of space and there is good headroom though the seating position is a bit low. Upfront the dash is typical Audi which means its classy and looks fantastic. Audi has a build a reputation for doing one of the best interiors and one look at the A6 cabin shows why. The easy to read instruments, wood veneer, MMI touch and the 'wrap-around' look of the cabin make it a special place to be.
Our test car was dripping with features like a BOSE surround sound audio system, 8inch display MMI touch, comfort seats, ambient lighting, electric glass roof, four-zone climate control system, LED headlights, air suspension, rear entertainment, cruise control and the pre sense basic safety feature.
In the end it is hard not to be impressed with the A6 2.0 TFSI as it fulfills the objective of this test. We wanted to find whether a comparatively small petrol, can still give you the performance and refinement expected out of a luxury car and yes the A6 2.0 TFSI came out with flying colours.
With a basic price of Rs 43 lakh it is cheaper than the 2.0 TDI A6 and is aggressively priced with good standard equipment on offer. With this engine the A6 now gets a new audience and overall we think it is a desirable luxury car that also offers excellent value.